Zucchini Muffins

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Zucchini Muffins – Healthy zucchini muffins are great for a quick breakfast or an after school snack. Have them stashed in the freezer for easy breakfasts!

One of the first real, from scratch muffins that I made was a zucchini muffin.  I am not sure what I was thinking, because back then I don’t think I even liked zucchini. Chocolate Chip Muffins were another first, and they are made on repeat here!

I had found a recipe, my son was probably 2 at the time, and I wanted to make him something healthy that he would really like too. So baking with zucchini was a go!  He loved them, and that started my obsession with baking muffins.

zucchini muffins on a napkin

 

This is a healthy zucchini muffin that has been a staple in our house every summer.  I pretty much count down the days until zucchini season is here, so I can make a few batch of these with zucchini for my freezer.  

This zucchini muffin recipe is full of cinnamon and all spice, so it is great for those early fall days.  As soon as the muffins are cool you can toss them in the freezer and have them for busy mornings any day of the week.

zucchini muffins on a napkin

Freezing muffins is pretty much my favorite thing to do.  I always have a stash of them in there.  There are over 50 Muffin recipes on the blog, so no matter what kind you are looking for, I am pretty sure I have you covered!  

And if you have picky eaters, this is a great way to get just a little extra vegetables in them.  They won’t even know they are there!  

zucchini muffins on a napkin

How to Make Zucchini Muffins

  1. The first step is to shred you zucchini.  I leave the skin on when I peel mine, but then you do see a few green flecks in the muffins.  If you have a really picky eater, just peel the zucchini first, and they will have no idea they are in there! In this recipe you do NOT drain the zucchini ahead of time.  You need the moisture from the zucchini to have the batter come together. 
  2. Just like most other muffins, you want to mix the try ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.  This helps to ensure you don’t over mix the muffins.  Over mixing makes your muffins tougher and not as tender and delicious.  
  3. Next you mix together most of the wet ingredients.  You want to make sure the oil, milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla is nice and smooth. 
  4. Before you mix everything together toss the zucchini with the flour mixture.  Then slowly mix in the egg mixture and fold until just combined.  
  5. I like to use an ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly into a muffin tin.  Then just bake until a tester comes out clean.  
  6. Let cook for a few minutes before you remove from the muffin tin to cool.

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zucchini muffins on a napkin
4.75 from 4 votes

Zucchini Muffins

By Erin
Healthy zucchini muffins are great for a quick breakfast or an after school snack
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 6 oz all-purpose flour, (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 2/3 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil, or any neutral flavored oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons milk, any type
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 whole large egg

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray or use liners.
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and all spice.
  • In a small bowl combine zucchini, canola oil, milk, butter, vanilla, and egg. Mix until well combined.
  • Add zucchini mixture to the flour, and mix until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Fill muffin tins about 1/2 way full. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.

Notes

Recipe from Cooking Light

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 158
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19 Comments

  1. At that age, my nephews and nieces would never have tried the muffins. Good for your son about his willingness to do that. Glad he loved them; I know I would, too.

  2. I’m still not a fan of zucchini – unless of course it’s baked into something sweet. 😉 These muffins look fab!!

  3. I adore zucchini bread so I’m positive that I would like these too especially since they are lighter.

  4. I love zucchini but, I never had it in muffins. I need to try this recipe it looks yummy. I bet this would be a great way to sneak some veggies i n my kids diet.

  5. My neighbor just gave me a bunch of zucchini from her garden, this will be perfect!! I love the idea of making them ahead and freezing a bunch to use later. Thanks!

  6. Love how easy and healthy these are! This is exactly what I have been craving; excited to give these a try tomorrow!